Medical clinic to pay $120,000 for drug importation

A Mount Vernon medical practice will pay $120,000 to the federal and state governments as part of a settlement for illegally importing drugs from a foreign source.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle said the Skagit Family Health Clinic imported contraceptive drugs that had not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Skagit Valley Herald reported.

“FDA approval is a critical way for government medical programs to ensure patients get the right drugs and devices,” Nick Brown, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, said in the statement. “We have no evidence that any patients have been harmed by these unapproved drugs, but government programs cannot pay for customers to take such a risk.”

Under the terms of the pre-litigation settlement, the clinic will pay $72,000 to the state and just over $48,000 to the federal government.

The money will reimburse governments for their share of costs paid on Medicaid claims between 2015 and 2020.

The U.S. Department of Justice settled the case on behalf of the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the State Attorney General, and the Health Care Authority of the state.